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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Louie Gohmert
U.S. Representative, R-TX
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Gohmert: What has been disclosed of the monitoring scares me. We have had hearings in this room, people like jerry Nadler have argued about the dangers of government having too much information. From my experience as a judge and chief justice, with state and federal judges, and having practiced before a very conservative federal judge and a very liberal judge, I could not Imagine anybody granting the kinds of orders we have seen granted. A blanket summary, go get all of these phone records.
Louie Gohmert
U.S. Representative, R-TX
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Gohmert: 2002, as a chief justice in a conference, getting into a debate with a CIA lawyer, who was arguing, look banks have all your financial records, why shouldn’t the government? And I was pointing out as a conservative, it’s because banks can’t show up at your house, put you in handcuffs, throw you to the ground, and drag you off to jail. Which has been done by the government. So There is an important distinction.
Louie Gohmert
U.S. Representative, R-TX
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Gohmert: The justification we get seems to be, there are a handful of cases where we have avoided terrorism by really gathering all of this private information, and it makes me think, how many times could King George the third have argued that? By putting officers in everyone one of your homes that we were uncomfortable with, we ended up being able to avoid a couple of problems of violence. We don’t want people in our homes and that includes the federal government watching through a big eye through our computer. I appreciate you being here today.
James Cole
Deputy Attorney General
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Chaffetz and Cole Part 1: Cole: there are things in between. This may be one of those. It is certainly not content. It probably tends more towards metadata. This is an evolving area of the law. Chaffetz: how is it evolving? We haven’t. This is what scares me about what you are doing and how you are doing it. If you knew exactly where I was standing, you are telling me that that’s not content? Cole: that’s not the content of your conversation, no. And
Jason Chaffetz
U.S. Representative, R-Utah
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Chaffetz and Cole (Inglis) Part 2:Cole: You are standing out in public any number of other people may see you there. Chaffetz: So but If you are standing out in public any number of other people may see you there. Chaffetz: if I were standing on private property -- Cole: this is part of what Jones talks about, the trespass issue. Chaffetz: they ruled 5-0 it was an overstep and an overreach. So Are you collecting that data? Cole: we are not collecting that data. Chaffetz: let me ask the NSA. Is the NSA collecting this data? Inglis: We are not collecting that data under this program. We believe that the authority
Jason Chaffetz
U.S. Representative, R-Utah
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Chaffetz and Cole (and Inglis) Part 3: Inglis continued: could be granted by the courts to collect that attribute. We have not done that. And as Mr. Cole indicated earlier, the director of NSA has given an affirmation to the Congress that before such time we were to reconsider that decision, we would come back to the Congress.
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Part 1 Conyers: We never had any point in this debate have approved the type of unchecked sweeping surveillance of united states citizens employed by our govt. in the name of fighting the war on terrorism. Section 215 authorized the government to obtain certain business records only if it can show to.
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Part 2 Conyers continued: the FISA court that the records are relevant to an ongoing national security investigation. What we think we have here is a situation in which, if the government
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Part 3 Conyers continued: cannot provide a clear, public, explanation for how its program is consistent with the statute, then it must stop collecting this information immediately. This metadata problem to me has gotten quite far out of hand, even given the seriousness of the problems That surround it, and created its need.
Jason Chaffetz
U.S. Representative, R-Utah
CSPAN 07/17/2013
Chaffetz and Cole Part 6: Chaffetz: by thousands of camera readers and stored about a specific location. Does that fall within this category? Cole: in which category? Chaffetz: license plate readers. Cole: The whole issue comes down to the expectation of privacy. This is what the court bases its ruling on. Chaffetz: Do you believe that I have a reasonable expectation of privacy
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